Teens pick up numerous unhealthy habits in high school
Kids enter Grade 9 living a fairly healthy lifestyle but by graduation they pick up enough bad habits to be at a significantly higher risk for chronic diseases, a University of Waterloo study has found. Smoking, marijuana use, binge drinking and physical inactivity skyrocket over the four years of high school.
High school years hard on adolescent health
High school may improve young people’s minds, but it does the opposite for their bodies. A new study out of the University of Waterloo shows Canadian students in Grade 12 are in worse health than their younger high school peers.

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Since 2000, SHAPES modules have been administered in nearly 3000 Canadian schools, to more than 500,000 students. These modules are used to collect and assess information on student behaviours and attitudes in the areas of tobacco use, physical activity, healthy eating and positive mental health. SHAPES makes it practical to collect standardized youth health data at the level of schools, communities, provinces or nationally, and at all these levels simultaneously. These data are then used to generate profiles to help schools, public health and communities take action to improve the health of young people.

SHAPES was developed by scientists at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, in partnership with a community of researchers across the country. Partial funding was provided by the Canadian Cancer Society as part of their commitment to improving the health of Canadians.